By Domenico Accorinti
The Egyptian Nonnus of Panopolis (5th century AD), writer of either the ‘pagan’ Dionysiaca, the longest identified poem from Antiquity (21,286 strains in forty eight books, an analogous variety of books because the Iliad and Odyssey combined), and a ‘Christian’ hexameter Paraphrase of St John’s Gospel (3,660 traces in 21 books), is not any doubt the main consultant poet of Greek past due Antiquity. Brill’s better half to Nonnus of Panopolis presents a suite of 32 essays by means of a wide foreign workforce of students, specialists within the box of archaic, Hellenistic, Imperial, and Christian poetry, in addition to students of past due vintage Egypt, Greek mythology and faith, who discover a number of the features of Nonnus’ baroque poetry and its ancient, non secular and cultural heritage.
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This is not to be wondered at, for Chuvin published the second volume of the Budé edition of the Dionysiaca in 1976, simultaneously with Vian’s first volume, and D’Ippolito, on the strength of his book Studi Nonniani: L’epillio nelle Dionisiache (1964), must certainly be considered the doyen of Nonnian studies. Among the latter are Camille Geisz, Berenice Verhelst, and Fabian Sieber. In this case, too, their recruitment is more than justified. D. with a thesis on Nonnus, respectively Storytelling in Late Antique Epic: A Study of the Narrator in Nonnus of Panopolis’ Dionysiaca (University of Oxford, 2013) and Ποικιλομύθῳ φωνῇ: A Literary and Rhetorical Analysis of Direct Speech in Nonnus’ Dionysiaca (University of Ghent, 2014).
The Poet From Panopolis 23 commentaries (post 1160–ante 1175/1177, while the commentary on Dionysius Periegetes dates back to c. 36 Most probably Eustathius knew Nonnus as the author of the Dionysiaca only in the final period of his exegetical work on Homer. He could, therefore, have referred fleetingly to him as λογιώτατος in the addition in the Suda. 37 3 A Travelling Poet? If almost nothing is known about the author of the Dionysiaca and the Paraphrase, one cannot, however, doubt that Nonnus was an Egyptian, probably from Panopolis (now Akhmim) in the Thebaid (Upper Egypt), and that it was in Alexandria that he is likely to have written the forty-eight-book Dionysiaca (combining the Iliad and the Odyssey), the longest surviving epic poem in Greek from Antiquity (21,286 lines, excluding the headings of the individual books, the so-called Περιοχὴ τῶν Διονυσιακῶν ποιημάτων).
The manuscript in its title named Eudocia the empress as the author. That it should be the work of a woman who enjoyed the luxury of being empress, and that it should be so good, is remarkable. ’s work is apparent from the outset: it does not try to be the scholarly monograph it is not. The introduction is quite obviously the work of a playful enthusiast. It is a compilation, completely devoid of references and footnotes, of generalities on Egypt and Antiquity which become vaguer and more speculative the closer the author comes to Nonnus’ own time and place until he turns entirely to historical fiction.
Brill’s Companion to Nonnus of Panopolis by Domenico Accorinti